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Law School Applications / Re: How long to go complete at Harvard?
« on: January 02, 2008, 12:43:35 PM »
what exactly does going complete mean? I thought it was just when they get your files, so why does it take over a month? Also the schools with Early action, is the deadline date for when they get your files or when you go complete?

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Law School Applications / Different standards for international students?
« on: January 01, 2008, 05:53:08 PM »
If you are not a citizen (but go to school in the United States),how much harder is it to gain admissions into a top law school? Also, does it matter whether or not you are a permanent resident?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Law Schools with abnormal grading systems
« on: December 30, 2007, 09:59:31 PM »
Know any law schools that differ from the normal letter grading system.

Here are the ones I know of

Yale: Pass/Fail 1st semester,then Honors/Pass/Fail

Boalt: High Honors, Honors, Pass

Northeastern: Written feedback instead of grades

Did I miss any?

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heres the tally so far (.5 point for ties)

YHS
1. Yale 11.5
2. Harvard 4.5
3. Stanford 4
Not too surprising to see Yale the undisputed favorite, and SLS neck and neck with HLS for second

CCN
1. Chicago 11
2. Columbia 6.5
3. NYU 3.5
Pretty much what I expected as well

MVBP
1. Penn 6.5
2. Boalt 5.5
3. UVa 5
4. Mich 4
I said in a previous post this would be the toughest choice, looks like LSD agrees :)

DGCN
1. Georgetown 8
2. Duke 6
3. Northwestern 6
4. Cornell 2
Suprised that Georgetown is the favorite and that Cornell isn't getting any love, possible reasons?

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Heres mine:

YHS: Yale: because of its #1 ranking, clerkship percentages, and grading system.

CCN: Chicago: Academic quality, clerkships, and I like the idea of the quarter system letting you take more classes, I really do wish it looked nicer and was in a better town though.

MVBP: Penn: This is by far the toughest one to choose from IMO. I'd probably have to go with Penn because of the interdisplinary approach and its Ivy name.

DGCN: Duke: This is the easiest one to choose from IMO, Cornell is supposedly alot more academically rigorous and a lot more isolated than the other schools. Northwestern emphasizes work experience and therefore the avg age might be higher?. Georgetown is ranked the lowest of these and is supposedly a law factory. Therefore by process of elimination, Duke.

my .02

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Law School Applications / Should I graduate undergrad in 3 years?
« on: December 29, 2007, 05:22:26 PM »
Here is what I have come up with so far, the benefits of graduating in 3 years/4 years. (I am currently in my 2nd year of college)

3 Years:
Why not graduate early when you can (and It's a whole year of my life that I could be doing something else)
6 years of school is enough, why make it 7 when I don't need to?
Won't have to take over a semester of wasteful classes (and potentially hurt my GPA)
More flexibility to do what I want (take a fun job, study abroad for a year)
Feeling of accomplishment?
I would feel better about working, and then reapplying if I had the numbers but was denied admissions to the school of my choice
What can't I do in 3 years of college that I can do in 4?
I feel I'm perfectly capable of doing so without it affecting my academics/social life

4 Years:
Won't have to take summer classes for a semester
A lot more time to study for the LSAT/participate in ECs
Some people have told me to stay in college for as long as you can because it's going to be a lot different in the real world and/or law school (and a lot less fun)
Won't be 21 until 2 months into law school if I graduate in 3 years.
I have a tuition scholarship so I wouldn't be paying any extra money (except for rent) to graduate in 4 years.
More time to take other classes (Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, History)

Advice please?

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IrrX, I guess the question I wrote was a little confusing  ???, please see edit.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: How would the T14s rank by yield?
« on: December 26, 2007, 01:35:30 PM »
Ok, since there are over 70 views on this topic already and no responses, I'm assuming that there are no sites out there with this information to copy and paste, so I looked up Princeton reviews numbers and ranked them, heres the list if you're interested.

1.Yale     76%
2.Harvard  67%
3.Stanford 43%
4.Boalt    34%
5.Columbia 32%
5.Michigan 32%
7.Virginia 31%
8.Penn     30%
9.NYU      28%
10.NU      27%
11.Chicago 25%
12.Gtown   24%
13.Cornell 20%
13.Duke    20%

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All things equal (EDIT: by all things equal I meant no school would be giving you Financial Aid or scholarships or anything or if they did it would be the same amount, do not read as if the academic quality and employment prospects are equal) choose one school from each "tier". I thought this would be fun since it would group a lot of the law school comparisons on LSD onto one topic. Also, please elaborate on your decision.

1. Harvard/Yale/Stanford

2. Chicago/Columbia/NYU

3. Penn/Berkeley/Michigan/Virginia

4. Duke/Georgetown/Cornell/Northwestern

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / How would the T14s rank by yield?
« on: December 26, 2007, 03:41:26 AM »
Starting with the lowest yield being #1 and the highest being #14. I couldn't find a yield based ranking on the search engines, but Im curious what it would look like.

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